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Ages 4 through adult can study Isshinryu karate, an authentic martial art from Okinawa, Japan, the birthplace of karate. The class is led by hall-of-fame instructors who teach focus, discipline, confidence, coordination, physical fitness and practical self-defense, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 2-30, at Denia Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St. Students will be required to wear the traditional white uniform, which can be purchased in class. Cost is $40 per student. Register online at .

Denton’s Fourth of July celebration starts with the Liberty Run 5K run and 1-mile walk at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. Check-in starts at 6:30 a.m., and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. Online registration costs $15 through Monday. Phone and in-person registration is open until 5 p.m. Tuesday, and costs $15 per runner, or $12 per person for families (three or more people living at the same address). Race day registration costs $20. Entry fee includes a T-shirt, size small through extra large ($2 extra for XXL). Runners will also get fruit, snacks and beverages at the end of the race.

Fourth of July festivities continue with the Yankee Doodle Parade on the downtown Denton Square. Lineup is 8 a.m. on South Locust Street between Walnut and Sycamore streets. Judging is at 8:30 a.m., and the parade starts at 9 a.m. The Family Fun Jubilee starts at 9 a.m. and runs through noon at Quakertown Park, 321 E McKinney St. The Civic Center Pool will be open from noon to 6 p.m.

Two drawing classes for children will be offered Mondays, from July 15 to Aug. 5, at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive.

Kids ages 3 to 6 can develop their “image vocabulary” by drawing familiar images in “Preschool Drawing,” from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Instructors will guide children through drawing, coloring and developing fine motor skills, patience, focus and spatial organization.

Ages 6 to 12 can learn basic drawing techniques, art history and cartooning in “Elementary Drawing” from 3 to 4 p.m.

Cost for each class is $52. Register online at .

Water Works Park is open for the summer at 2400 Long Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission for residents is $11 for 48 inches and taller, $7 for under 48 inches (nonresidents pay an additional $2). Admission is $5 for non-swimming guests, free for children younger than 2. Season and monthly passes are available. Visit  or call 940-349-8810.


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